The twice-a-year shift between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time has serious effects on our health, safety and performance, at least for several days after the shift. But there’s also a benefit. As we prepare to “fall back” this Saturday night (or “spring forward” in March), let’s look at the effects and why we even have this time change in the first place. Here’s what I found. [Read more…] about Daylight Saving – What Gives?
As reported in a this TIME video series, Arianna Huffington sat down with NBA basketball star Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors to discuss how Sleep affects his athletic performance. Andre said performance on the court greatly improves with good sleep and that monitoring shows that getting 7.5 hours of restorative sleep improves his 3-point shooting by a whopping 50%, his free-throw shooting by 30-40%, and his turnovers and steals as well. That’s a huge competitive advantage in any league.
Arianna, in her new book, The Sleep Revolution, describes other ways sleep affects performance, including at school and work, as well as how it affects your health and personal safety.
Thanks to such media attention, people are finally starting to prioritize sleep; but even those who track their sleep nightly, often don’t get enough. That’s where we can help, by acting as your personal trainer for sleep and brain health. So speak with a sleep coach today at 512-306-1833.
By Wayne Caswell
As reported in this NBC Nightly News episode, more and more companies are realizing how sleep affects their bottom line, and they’re starting to pay employees to sleep better.
I’m thrilled at the heightened awareness and the new sleep incentives, because sleep is important to our health, safety, and performance. Research has confirmed that good sleep improves many of the attributes associated with peek productivity at work, as well as in school and sports. These include: alertness, attention, behavior, concentration, creativity, decision-making, emotions, energy, focus, goal-setting, judgment, and more. But I have two concerns with the effectiveness of these financial incentives. First is measurement accuracy, and next is how to actually affect real change beyond just the incentive. [Read more…] about Companies start to Pay Employees to Sleep
Research has confirmed that good quality sleep improves many of the attributes associated with improved performance at work, in school, and in sports. These include: alertness, attention, balance, behavior, concentration, creativity, decision-making, emotions, energy, endurance, focus, goal-setting, health, IQ, judgment, karma, learning ability, mood, motivation, optimism, performance, problem-solving, reaction & recovery times, reasoning, risk-taking, self-control, talents, utility, value, working memory, and more.
How to Train Harder, Recover Faster, Perform Better
When it comes to recovering from hard workouts and the stress of competition, there’s no better treatment than plenty of sleep. While most research has focused on the effects of sleep deprivation, Stanford University took a different approach by studying the benefits of getting more than the average amount of sleep.
Swimming – Stanford researchers started with the men’s and women’s swimming teams and first measured performance of each athlete and their average sleep duration, which was just over 6.5 hours a night. They then asked them all to sleep as much as they could for a period of 6 weeks, with the goal of sleeping 10 hours to remove all sleep debt that’s so common among college students. (Most got to over 8.5 hours.) When they measured again, the researchers noticed significant improvements in speed, reaction times, and turn times. On average they were .15 seconds faster off the block, half a second faster in 15-meter sprints, and had .1 second faster flip turns. [Read more…] about Sleep and Sports
By Wayne Caswell, Intelligent Sleep and founder of Modern Health Talk
This last Sunday, I watched “Sleepless in America,” a 2-hour documentary on the National Geographic channel, and I captured some of its powerful statistics and blended them with my own, forming the basis of today’s article. But first, here’s the 3-min trailer. Additional short video segments are included below, along with a related infographic, and if the full length video gets posted, I’ll include it too.
Sleepless in America – Full Version (1:28:15 min)
How much sleep do we Need?
Prepare for the Time Change
that comes after Halloween
The biannual shift between Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time is like a society-imposed jet lag that can throw off your body clock and disrupt your sleep patterns. In the Spring we set our clocks forward overnight and thus lose an hour of sleep, and in the Fall we have the opportunity to gain an hour of sleep.
By Wayne Caswell, a cofounder of Intelligent Sleep
Summer vacation is about to end, and the new school year is upon us, so I urge everyone with children or grandchildren to read and share this article. As I modeled in The Economic Value of Sleep, that can be worth millions of dollars in lifelong earnings and healthcare savings. It can also be a lifesaver, literally.
The research is in, and studies show that sleep duration and quality has a profound impact on health, safety and performance; but well over half of adults don’t sleep well enough, and a third sleep less than 6 hours/night when 7-9 is recommended. It’s much worse with adolescents since 70-90% don’t get enough sleep. The problem is now so bad that the CDC called insufficient sleep “a public health epidemic.”
UPDATE: The CDC just issued a press release saying, “Most US middle and high schools start the school day too early,” and suggested that later start times are important if students are to get enough sleep.